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Trump: Florida school officer 'didn't have the courage'

Media playback is unsupported on your device An armed officer who stood outside a Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week “certainly did a poor job”, the US president has said. Deputy Scot Peterson resigned after an investigation found he failed to confront the suspect. President Trump said the officer trained his whole life but “certainly did a poor job” protecting students. Mr Trump said Mr Peterson was a “coward” who “didn’t react properly under pressure”. “He trained his who life but when it came time to…

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Trump says violent video games 'shape' young minds

President Trump has vowed to “do something” about the violence in games and films watched by younger people. In a meeting at the White House on school safety, President Trump said the violence played a role in shaping the way people saw the world. The meeting was held the week after a school shooting in Florida in which 17 people died. Some experts disputed the link between games and violence saying research showed no connection between the two. ‘Desensitised people’ In comments made during the meeting, President Trump condemned the…

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Trump endorses guns for teachers to stop shootings

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has expressed support for arming teachers and ending gun-free zones near schools at a White House event on gun violence. An armed teacher could end an attack “very quickly”, he said. Mr Trump floated the proposals as survivors of last week’s Florida school shooting implored him to make sure it never happens again. The Republican president also backed calls for improved background checks for gun buyers. Other survivors meanwhile lobbied Florida lawmakers on gun control. “We’ll be very strong…

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Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

The Trump administration spelled out a plan on Tuesday to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums. The proposed regulations would expand an alternative to the comprehensive medical plans required under former President Barack Obama’s health law. Individuals could buy so-called “short-term” policies for up to 12 months. But the coverage would omit key consumer protections and offer fewer benefits, making it unattractive for people with health problems. The plans would come with a disclaimer that they don’t…

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Florida school shooting: Trump links FBI's missteps to Russia investigation

President Donald Trump has rebuked the FBI for missing signals before Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida. The agency was “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign”, Mr Trump tweeted. “There is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud.” The FBI has admitted it failed to act on a tip-off about suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz, who has confessed to the shooting at a high school in Parkland in which 17 people died. It was the deadliest US school shooting since…

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Trump appeals California judge's curb on birth control rules

The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing a California judge’s decision to temporarily block new Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. Lawyers filed the notice of appeal to the 9th District Court of Appeals on Friday, nearly two months after Oakland-based U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam blocked the changes to President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Obama appointee said the Trump administration failed to follow notice and public comment requirements before implementing the changes. A federal judge in Philadelphia…

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